Corruption: The nemesis of our inspirations
13 April 2016, 15:26
Nairobi - Corruption is the topic of every day since the early nineties when the Goldenberg scandal blew up. It is no news when headlines read ‘Corruption Schemes Revealed’.
As recent as last year, the current government was caught up in a twist of corruption allegations ranging from multi million deals multi scandals.
Former Cabinet Secretary for planning; Madam Anne Waiguru was implicated in a string of scandals touching on the National Youth Service and the Youth Enterprise Fund. Other senior government officials implicated include former Cabinet Secretaries, former Principal Secretaries, Directors and Heads of parastatals and government agencies as well as judicial officers.
It is true that corruption has eaten up our value systems to the core. Our constitution stipulates the fundamental principles of public service in chapter six but it seems no one cares to adhere to any bit of the chapter.
In recent days one of the senior judges in the court of appeal has been faced with accusations of accepting a bribe in exchange for a lenient ruling in favor of the bribe giver.
Crossing to the education sector and revelations indicate there was exam buying that resulted in irregularities and massive cheating.
A close look into the police and army recruitment processes and you will find massive corruption in the manner of employment especially for the military cadets and lucrative police positions.
Some years back, the government was embroiled in a scam relating to maize purchases and irregular importation of sugar from neighboring nations and Brazil.
These activities brought down the sugar and maize industries thus killing the sources of income for many farmers who depended on the sectors wholly.
Mumias sugar collapsed thanks to the corrupt dealings that led to irregular importation of sugar.
The closure of Mumias sugar company led to lose of numerous jobs and reduction of income in many households.
Webuye paper milling company was also brought to it’s knees thanks to massive irregular financial dealings.
Banks are on the receiving end of a major clean up by the Central Bank of Kenya. In the last one year, three banks have been put under receivership and many more f a ce the risk.
These revelations of irregular financial practices indicate an increase in corrupt dealings within the financial sector.
It can no longer be ignored as investors try to withdraw their investments in order to reduce losses.
The epidemic known as corruption is widespread. It touches on all sectors including the electoral process and much more.
At this stage, Kenyans should be weary of it’s effects on the future of the country.
Corruption will strangle our aspirations as a country and something has to be done now to avoid that catastrophe.
International media has come under pressure to stop highlighting the scale of corruption in Kenya but this is the only way to make us aware since our own local media is partly owned by the same individuals implicated in graft scams.
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